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May 10, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Scholarship fund

being established

The Stacy Zimish Scholarship has been established at Steubenville High School with the scholarship being presented annually to a senior planning to pursue studies in the medical field.

A 1988 honors graduate of SHS, Zimish was a cheerleader, and member of the choir, German Club and National Honor Society. She graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and worked at Weirton Medical Center in the labor and delivery department.

Zimish, who died from Lou Gehrig's disease on Jan. 4, was an instructor at Franciscan University and working on her masters in nursing before her illness.

"Her loving and caring legacy will go on through this scholarship," according to a news release.

Donations can be sent to Steubenville High School, c/o Stacy Zimish Scholarship, 420 N. Fourth St., Steubenville OH 43952.

New members in

Tree Arts Club

Dani Swearingen, Karen Meyer and Amanda Speeces were welcomed as new members when the Toronto Three Arts Club met April 19 at the home of Pat Burns.

The program was presented by Margaret Wolford, retired teacher from Buckeye Lake District and author of published children books, including a series "No Sugar Coating," "Byte By Byte," "There's A Hair In My Lasagna" and "Will Work For Food." The club purchased the books for donation to Karaffa Elementary School

The next meeting is the annual spring dinner May 17 at 6 p.m. at Froehlich's Classic Corner. New members will be recognized and new officers installed.

The program will be "An Evening About Art." Carolyn Owen and volunteers will serve as hostesses.

Ohio Art Pottery

topic for Questers

The Bezaleel Wells Chapter of Questers met at Scaffidi's Restaurant for a luncheon meeting with Carlotta Jordan as hostess and Carole Gaston, president, presiding.

Reports were given by Marlene Rhueff and Theresa Milliken; members were reminded that dues should be paid; and voting was conducted for state and national officers.

The state spring conference in Mansfield was to be attended by Gaston, Iris Craig, Phyllis Foreman and Joan Powell.

Powell presented the program on Ohio Art Pottery, explaining that rich veins of clay existed in farmers' fields, resulting in potteries springing up. By 1840 there were 99 potteries in Ohio.

Not only were the Ohio potteries high producers, but the truly superior quality of the Ohio clay was recognized, Powell said. Testing revealed them to be among the purest in the entire country. Lonhuda Pottery was established in 1892 in Steubenville by N. A. Long, a pharmacist; N.H. Hunter, a local newspaper editor; and Alfred Day. The name was derived from the first syllables of their last names. Long entered into partnership with S.A.Weller early in 1895 for large scale production of Lonhuda in Zanesville, but left Weller the following year. His partnership with Weller came to a bitter halt at that time, but he returned in 1909 and went to work for Weller again. After Long's resignation in 1896, Weller introduced Louwelsa Weller, the standard glaze brownware derived from Long's formula. Weller was primarily a businessman but he experimented with glazes and colors.

In 1895, after a fire consumed one of his buildings, he rebuilt immediately. He went from 68 employees to more than 500 employees with the new building. After Sam Weller died in 1925, family members took over the company, but because Japanese imports began to flood the market and the depression made an impact, profits were reduced.

Frederick Grant, Sam's former son-in-law, began to reproduce Zona dinnerware, which had an apple motif designed by Sam Weller. It eventually became the famous Franciscan Dinnerware, produced by a California company. Ohio potteries had a huge impact on the production of pottery in the country, Powell said.

The chapter's next meeting was to feature a program on cameos.

ABATE planning

'Freedom Run'

ABATE of Ohio, Region 1 is sponsoring a "Freedom Run" on May 19 with the first bike out at noon from the Briarwood Tavern, 80 old state Route 7 (Pottery Addition), Steubenville.

The last bike is in at 5 p.m. at Manfred's on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.

The event includes a poker run, silent auction, the auctioning of a Dave Barnhouse print, drawings, door prizes, food and music.

The cost is $10 per rider. Breakfast will be available starting at 9 a.m. for $3 to $5 per person.

All proceeds benefit "the fight for the freedoms of motorcyclists."

ABATE is an acronym for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education.

ROTC ceremony

set for Friday

Three Franciscan University of Steubenville students will be commissioned into the U.S. Army on Friday at 2 p.m. in the seminar room of the St. Joseph Center.

Andrew Kay and Travis Paukert will begin their first military assignments this summer. Kay will be a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in the Army. He will be stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Paukert will be a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. He will be stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo.

Sean Blouin will be a second lieutenant branching in field artillery in the Texas Army National Guard. He will remain at the university to earn his master's in business administration.

At the ceremony, Kay will be commissioned by his brother, Capt. Shannon Kay. Paukert and Blouin will be commissioned by 1st Lt. Timothy Shea, the first cadet to be commissioned from the university's Class of 2009.

Franciscan University's Alumni Chaplain the Rev. Dennis Gang, TOR, will give the blessing. Master Sgt. Angelo Lettiere, a retired ROTC instructor at Franciscan, will be the speaker.

Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

The Army ROTC program at the university began in the spring of 2010. The university collaborates with Robert Morris University to provide U.S. Army ROTC opportunities and with the University of Pittsburgh to provide U.S. Air Force ROTC opportunities.

Prima Donna Red

Hats hold meeting

Members of the Prima Donna Red Hats met at the Mill Creek Inn in Bloomingdale for their April meeting. Marge Juresko served as hostess.

Prize winners were Vera Evans and Ruth Sterling. Birthdays were acknowledged. The next meeting is May 15 at the Boat Club in Toronto.

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